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Dec 22, 2012 9:00pm EST
. when he saw the pentagon's estimate, he wrote in the margin, i doubt it, it took us three months just to take sicily. when the spending requests came in, he said, i know the boys at the pentagon. he believed real national security was from a sound economy. he was a deficit hawk, boy, we could use him today, who controlled government spending and taxes. the famous speech warning against the industrial complex was at the end of the presidency, but worked on it all along behind the scenes. heaven help us he liked to say when we get a president who knows less about the military than i do. it was not about the economy or saving money. in the berlin crisis and earlier crisis with korea and vietnam in 1953 over the strait in 1954-55 and 1958 in the suez crisis in 1956, he was planning a bigger gain for higher stakes. west point cadet and young army officer, ike was a great poker player, and, indeed, so good, he had to give it up. he was taking too much money from the fellow officers hurting his career. he switched to bridge, but he never forgot how to bluff. the soviets, he bluffed with
CSPAN
Dec 29, 2012 12:00pm EST
1887, and they make fire suits, and after 9/11 when the pentagon was attacked and they needed fire companies to put out that fire, they had different companies come from the virginia area and the dc area, and they noticed that only the companies that were wearing the fire suits were able to work through the night and deal with the pathogens and extremities that were in the pentagon building. one of the people, the commander in the pentagon, called up rob freeze, who was the owner of globe fire suits said we need 300 fire suits here tomorrow. rob said, what's the sizes? i don't know, figure out how to get them here. rob freeze, the small company in new hampshire of about 300 people assembled fire suits, and rob was the only one allowed to take a mercy flight after 9/11, the only one allowed in the air space, delivered the fire suits, and the firefighters used them to put out the fire in the pentagon. it's a story about patriotism, but it's more than that. i wanted to know, well, what is it that allowed globe fire suits to still have comparative advantages, and one of the biggest ins
CSPAN
Dec 24, 2012 11:00pm EST
largest building outside the pentagon in the country and he thought block after block in new york. i don't think in philadelphia. he didn't get this fire. he concentrated in north country new york and chicago, westchester and albany. he was not yet where he wanted to be. he committed much from roosevelt and was looking to him. roosevelt named 10 the first ambassador, the first irish catholic ambassador. he became the ambassador to great britain and it is one of the worst decisions roosevelt ever made. he knew, but somehow believed he could keep kennedy in check, but he couldn't. he couldn't. kennedy was too men. he tucked his children. he was a cheerleader, he was an optimist, but in his relationship to the world around him and to the 20 century, having made his pilot money, he was convinced that he was going to be taken from him. he was convinced that democracy and capitalism would be taken from the united states if the united states entered the war, after world war ii in behalf of the british. nothing was more important to him than making sure that there was no war. keeping britain
CSPAN
Dec 30, 2012 7:15am EST
was within the pentagon. you would think that if you're sending more troops to afghanistan, those troops would go to places that were most critical, the places that the taliban were seeking to take over, the places that were most at risk, potentially a takeover of the country. instead, we wound up sending the first wave of new forces took part of the country with relatively few people. and i discovered the answer was simply tribal rivalries. not in afghanistan but in the pentagon. it turned out that the first wave of troops were u.s. marines. they wanted to bring their own helicopters, the own logistics. so they did was to work with u.s. army soldiers in the areas in and around the city of kandahar. it was this tale of our own services fighting with each other instead of fighting in common purpose against the enemy. and the stories go on. there was into fighting then the state department, within the u.s. agency for international development. and one other tale, i recount in some detail in the book, we had some real serious in fighting between president own national security team a
CSPAN
Dec 23, 2012 11:00am EST
heightening and the needs for weapon and mean. when he saw the pentagon estimate that the red army could overrun europe in two weeks, he wrote in the margin, i doubt. it took us three months just to take this on. when the spending request came in, ike would say i know those boys down at the pentagon. ike believed the real national security came from a sound economy. he was a deficit hawk. he controlled government spending and package. his famous speech warning against military-industrial complex came at the end of his presidency but, in fact, he been working on it all a long. mostly behind the scenes. heaven help us, he liked to say, that we'll get a president who knows less about the military than i do. this approach to the military was not just about the economy. in the berlin crisis in 58-59 and in early crisis with korea and vietnam in 1953, 54, the almost straight, the suez crisis in 1956, eisenhower was playing a bigger game for higher stakes. a west point cadet and a young army officer, ike had been a great poker player. indeed, he was so good that he had to give it up. he w
CSPAN
Dec 23, 2012 9:15am EST
, swept everything else off the news, and i read a teleframe from the pentagon that my unit would be deployed at a certain embarkation point of south carolina along with the 101st, but the peanut patrol would stay in place. so it became part of pentagon lore. along, a long, convoluted answer to your question, but that was it. please. >> you go to the first sergeant, you say this is, that was my assignment. please select, because they knew more than i did about their own men, and i had a whole battalion to pick from. so we were able to get some pretty good people. generally, they did their duty. nobody lost their cool. we had two, one or two close, close incidents thereafter in front of the cafeteria, i found out. while we hated the marshals, the deputy marshals, the civilians running around in blue suits, they had regard for us because we wore a uniform. part of the tradition of the south, patriotism first. so they didn't have -- give us too much trouble, but once in a while, once in a while they did. but it was, again, the book is dedicated to my battalion members because they were
CSPAN
Dec 22, 2012 7:00am EST
networks -- when the pentagon was hit and the capital was evacuated, my staff and i walked one block to my home on capitol hill. just as an example the husband of my office manager worked in a section of the pentagon that had been hit. we were on the phone, one phone though we had to hospitals, the police, anyone that we thought might be able to tell us if he was save. thankfully he was fine but there were so many who waited for hours, who called hospitals, to hear from their loved ones. sometimes the news was a relief and sometimes they waited in vain for good news. i have to say that it was an incredible moment when senators who could find each other wherever they had gone from the capital, we finally gathered in the late afternoon in capitol police headquarters to talk to our leaders who had been taken to an undisclosed location. and they said we don't want anyone to come but we are going to the steps of the capital and hold a press conference. we don't want anyone there because we don't know if it is save but we want to tell the press that we're going to be open for business tomorro
CSPAN
Dec 29, 2012 11:00pm EST
not. you worry for them. i was at the pentagon and was there when a colleague of mine got a silver star for his actions in afghanistan. he was clearing a landing zone they called in the medevac he tried to clear the area he steps on one and he lost both legs and a left arm. when i say i am lucky with an average experience he is my reference. he may say he is lucky people put him three tourniquets on him. then we have a memorial in florida where the tax code to school for everyone who died in the line of duty since world war ii. we put more names on the memorial last year since 1945 and 120 since then 11. that number may feel low compared to the thousands we have lost that is 120 brothers and sons and we are a small community. that is the grief you process and your own fear of death and i don't have a good answer to figure that out but i am not sure i did but i tried to weave so as to threats that felt like it was happening at the same time so i would like to read from the beginning of the book to give you a sense of how it feels and running helped me spin as a first thing you shoul
CSPAN
Dec 23, 2012 6:00pm EST
the pentagon said this is all a big deception being done by bin laden to take everyone i saw posted on his name. after the attack, they got very aggressive in terms of the policies they decided and took on. what you see in this book is about one and two decisions, how fast they were made, sometimes so badly they were made, but also some canonically great decisions. >> kurt eichenwald, use the words secretive nice. what did you find click >> some of them had to do, some of them had to do the simple things such as the knowledge they had within the government about the actual connections between al qaeda and saddam hussein. one of the most surprising things to me this thursday defense intelligence agency report, classified report that came out in 2002 that specifically said our intelligence on weapons of mass destruction is terrible. we can't establish any of the things we say to the public. i quote from that document pretty excessively. so that was disturbing and really did seem like it's something at the preconception conifers except you. if something didn't, it was taught aside. peo
CSPAN
Dec 24, 2012 5:00pm EST
was over. our world had changed forever. matthew called me after the pentagon was hit. mom he said, i'm on duty and we were locking down bancrofts hall in getting our weapons. we may be a target. don't expect to hear from me for a while. this class of 2002 with transition immediately to a war and for the first time started on our soil. little did i know that my time with matthew at memorial hall was a foreshadowing of massey's future. today his name is listed with those he knew but under the new title, war on terror. matthew was chosen from marine aviation went through many trials and hardships before finally going into the first squadron in japan. there he became an gauge to the girl he loved and was on top of the world. when extra troops failed to arrive in afghanistan that summer, the summer of 2009, matthew volunteered on the ground to help out. the absolutely found his niche with those marines. he took leave the first of july and secretly married theresa. july 10 was the last time i saw him. he arrived in afghanistan the end of july and wrote these final words in his journal o
CSPAN
Dec 26, 2012 5:00pm EST
addressing the emerging security challenges. we are also partnering with the pentagon to send 35 additional detachments of the marine security guards that's about 235 marines to the medium and high for outposts where they will serve as a visible deterrent to a hostile act. that is on top of the 150 detachments we already deployed. we are aligning resources in the 2013 budget request to address the physical form a devotees and reinforce the structures wherever needed to address the risk from fire. let me add we may need your help to ensure that we have the authority to streamline the usual process that produced faster results. we are seeking to hire more than 150 diplomatic security personnel and increased 5% to provide them with the equipment and training that they need. there is the arb recommended we will target them squarely at securing our - outposts. i want to second the praise for the professionals. i served in this department for only two years having come from the private sector. however, as i travel to places like iraq, afghanistan and pakistan i have seen firsthand how the dedicat
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